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Visit from the Secretary of State for Education

Today the Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP Secretary of State for Education visited Highfield Primary School. He asked to come and see the outstanding provision here and spent time with pupils and staff. 

Learning about ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ – Reception class

Sensory activities – Dali Class

Discussing how our values extend into our daily learning 

Discussing today’s Maths lesson – Key Stage 2

2D Assembly

As part of learning in Science, 2D learned all about food groups and what a balanced diet is. 2D have extremely enjoyed rehearsing and performing our class assembly about healthy eating! They told the audience the different food types and how important they are for our health and wellbeing. 2D then shared their favourite fruit and vegetables and enjoyed singing two fantastic healthy eating songs! 

“My favourite part of the assembly was singing the food groups song!” said Ziven

 “I remembered when to stand up and all the actions for the songs!” said Aarya.

What an amazing assembly it was! Well done 2D!

STEM WEEK

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are going to play a key part in the jobs of the future we are trying to prepare our young people for. At Highfield Primary School, we not only embrace the importance of those subjects but choose to celebrate them all during STEM Week. As part of our Active Planets topic, our focus was on the raging rivers and each class was expected to engineer a product to support victims in our school relief centre. Some of the fantastic products showcased at the STEM fair:

Nursery- Building and Constructing using Lego

Reception- Home-made crumble

Year 1- Capes for relief workers

Year 2- Relief buggies

Year 3- Protective sunglasses

Year 4- Tooth paste for victims of the disasters.

Year 5- Food parachutes

Year 6- Periscopes for the military.  

The whole school enjoyed a range of STEM activities this week. By creating a stimulating environment for our children to explore STEM, we aim to build their confidence, realise their potential and have a lot of fun along the way. Many teachers agree that they have future computer engineers, inventors and mathematicians blossoming in their classrooms. ​

 

 

 

 

 

Reception Trip to the Gruffalo Trail

Reception had a wonderful day at the Gruffalo trail. As well as meeting all the characters from the story the children were involved in many activities throughout the day. These included building habitats for the characters, flying like owls, pretending to be the Gruffalo and collecting their own claws, creating pictures of the characters from natural materials, doing the Gruffalo hokey cokey, climbing and balancing on logs and even walking up trees backwards! We had fantastic rangers who helped bring the story alive for the children. The Reception team and the rangers were so impressed with the children’s behaviour, knowledge of the story and their understanding of the world around them.  We would like to thank our parent volunteers, without whom the day would not have been possible.

Quotes-

“I liked when I climbed up the fox.” Sefa RF

“I liked it when I balanced on the tree.” Emma RF

“I liked it when we played hide and seek in the woods.” Angela RH

“I liked it when we were going to see the snake in his log pile house.” Sam RH

“My favourite part was the Gruffalo-kokey because I liked the song.” Stella RJ

“I liked it when we were climbing like a squirrel and I liked the bus too.” Raffy R

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics Workshop for Reception Parents

On Tuesday 19th March the reception parents were invited to the second Practical Phonics Workshop.  This workshop was planned following the evaluations from the parents after the 1st Phonics workshop (26.2.19). 

Aim of the workshop, ‘give an insight of how phonics is taught in a fun and practical way that will give parents/carers ideas on how to support their children with phonics at home within Phase 4 and Phase 5’. 

Mrs Halil-Docherty and Miss Johnson got parents involved by joining in with mini lessons.  It was great to have a group of willing parents to join in and have a go…living in the life of their child.  Parents were able to take away the games/activities used in the session- hope you all have fun with them!

Thank you to all the parents that attended and for the positive feedback. 

Comments from the parents/carers with regards to the 2nd phonics workshop

Workshop– “Better knowledge and understanding of phonics and how to teach it”

                                                  “It helped us to learn how our children are taught”

                                        “It was good to view the session from our children’s perspective”

             Other comments: “More sessions to keep us updated!”

                                                            “Well presented!”

 

 

 

 

 

Author Visits:

Teresa Heapy

On Tuesday 5th March the author Teresa Heapy visited the school. She worked with Y2, inspiring them to create their own characters for their stories. She then read her book ‘Very little Red Riding Hood’ to Reception and Year 1 children and spoke to them about how she came up with the ideas for her stories. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and it was great for them to see how they could be inspired in their story writing.

Neil Arksey

On Monday 4st March the author Neil Arksey visited the school. He worked with Year 4 talking with them about the ideas that inspired him as a writer, asking them to come up with their own. He also did an assembly to Year 3 and told them about his difficulties with writing, and in particular spelling when he was at school. His story showed the children that if you have the right attitude you can overcome problems and be successful.

Alan Durant

On Friday 8th March the Author Alan Durant came to Highfield. He worked with Y5 and 6. He read extracts from his books and explained why he had become an author and what inspires him. He also gave the children advice on how to come up with ideas. ‘Always carry a notebook with you because you never know when an idea might pop into your head.’

Over the past few weeks all children have had a visit from a published author. These visits show children what it is  possible to create as well as motivating and inspiring them in their writing. Thank you to all those parents who contributed £3. Without your contribution the school would not be able to fund such great experiences for your  children.

 

 

 

 

Year 2’s Trip to the Science Museum

On Friday 8th March Year 2 had an amazing day travelling into Central London on the train to visit the Science Museum. The children all took part in a brilliant interactive space session where they were given the chance to travel to space and solve problems that they encountered on the Space Station including what to make a space suit out of. The children were fascinated and also disgusted to learn about how astronauts purify their urine! The children also had the opportunity to find out more about past space missions and view parts of real rockets which inspired lots of the children and sparked lots of questions. The children had a fantastic day and represented our school brilliantly.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Stranger Danger and Personal Safety’

PC Louise came to visit Years 2-4 on Monday 11th March to talk about how to stay safe and what a stranger is. The children learnt about ‘safe strangers’ who wear a uniform such as police officers, paramedics and security guards in shops who are here to help us. PC Louise also spoke about what strangers may ask you and what personal information should be kept to yourself. In addition, the children identified with different ways of staying safe on the roads. E.g. the green cross code and wearing a secure helmet if riding a bicycle.

‘We shouldn’t talk to strangers because we don’t know who they are.’  Aidan – 2S

‘The police officer spoke to us about how to stay safe online and not talk to strangers.’ – Andre – 4MC

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics Workshop

On Tuesday 26th February the reception parents were invited to a Practical Phonics Workshop.  This workshop was planned following the evaluations from the parents after the initial Phonics meeting on 12th February.

Aim of the workshop, ‘give an insight of how phonics is taught in a fun and practical way that will give parents/carers ideas on how to support their children with phonics at home’.  Mrs Halil-Docherty and Miss Johnson got parents  involved by joining in with mini Phase 2 and Phase 3 lessons.  It was great to see such a good turn out and to receive the positive feedback.  Thank you to you all.

Comments from the parents/carers with regards to the phonics meeting and following workshop:

  • “I have a greater understanding of the different stages of phonics”
  • “Liked the examples given”
  • “I liked the ideas on the different ways to make writing fun”
  • “Organised, interactive, simple and interesting”
  • “I liked the practical nature. We experienced what the children do!” “I now understand how children learn in class that gave us fun ideas to use at home”
  • “I really enjoyed this workshop”
  • “ I was happy to be in the workshop because I learned a lot”
  • “Thanks for organising. I really enjoyed it!”

2S Assembly

On Friday 15th February, 2S took Highfield on a journey to Antarctica! As part of our Geography and English work, we have been learning about penguins. 2S were so excited to share all the facts they knew about penguins and even read out some amazing penguin poems! The children learnt their lines perfectly and entertained their audience with two fantastic penguin songs, including a rap!

“I loved being a penguin! I like how they waddle!” said Aidan.

“My favourite part was about regurgitation. The female penguin is sick in the chick’s mouth to feed it!” said Sarah.

Well done, 2S for an amazing assembly!

 

 

 

 

 

Police and People Who Help Us!

On Monday 11th February 2019 PC Doris and PC Louise who work for the London Borough of Enfield came to Highfield School to visit Reception and Year One. The children learnt about their special uniforms and how the police keep children and adults safe. They showed the children their uniform and demonstrated how the different equipment is used to protect us. The children were then given the opportunity to ask the police their own questions about their jobs. e.g. “What problems have you fixed.” “How many police officers are there in London?”

“The police help us find our mummies if we are lost.” (Reception Child)

“The letters on the uniform show where they work and the number is the police officer they call up.” (Year 1 Child)

“I learnt that they use the baton to break glass to help people in their houses.” (Year 1 Child)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highfield goes French  –  Oh là là

Les escargot,  des anguilles et beaucoup de tartes avec des Milkshakes de chocolat, de fraise et de banane were all on the Menu at the French Café.  Years 4 and 5 learnt their vocabulary, earned their Euros and made their way to the Café de Paradis.  Each class got a chance to order in French, choose and consume their tea-time treats.  Bon appétit à tous.

Running the Café were the members of French Club who made the tarts, served the Milkshakes, sold the snails and eels, added up the bills and took some wonderful photos at the event – all in French!  Well done to all of them, keeping their poise while they served 180 children and several members of staff.  A great achievement for the French Club and children in years 4 and 5.

 

 

 

 

 

3L’s Amazing Assembly

On Friday 1st February 2019, 3L put on a fantastic show for their parents and the rest of the school. The children danced, sang and acted their way through the history of the Ancient Egyptians. They were able to share all the remarkable information they found out about Ancient Egypt. In the assembly, the children acted as Egyptian gods, pharaohs and embalmers. Everyone looked  fabulous in their costumes. The audience got to watch the process of mummification and a competition for the best god. The children used their brilliant voices to sing about Tutankhamun and mummification. Finally, they performed a dance. 3L did a  wonderful job!

3CA Active Planet Assembly

On Friday 8th February, 3CA performed their active planet assembly which was a huge success. They performed three songs, including the well known Michael Jackson songs ‘Heal the World’ and ‘Earth song’ as well as presented their class poem which was very moving. So many parents and carers came and were incredibly impressed with the children’s acting and singing skills. At the end, Miss Wren gave 3CA a standing ovation and described the assembly as ‘outstanding’ which made Miss Celik and Mrs Giarniese very proud. Well done 3CA on your fantastic performance!  

Parent Comment:

I just wanted to extend my huge congratulations to Miss Celik and Mrs Giarnese for this morning’s FANTASTIC assembly. Every child knew exactly what they were doing, and delivered their words beautifully.  The singing was gorgeous. The teachers had obviously put so much work in to the production, too.  There was lots of movement, and so much expression. Most importantly, every child was confident, relaxed and clearly enjoying the experience.  What more can you ask of teachers than encouraging these qualities in their pupils? I was so proud, and so impressed. Thank you!

3I’s Assembly

3I did a musical tour of an art gallery in our assembly, where we linked Literacy, Music and Art. In Literacy we have been studying the book Katie and the British Artists. The book tells the story of a little girl’s adventures in an art gallery where the pictures come to life. We wondered what it would be like if this happened in real life. In the assembly a ‘teacher’ taught his class about Kandinsky, who is our class artist, and took them to an art gallery where the paintings came to life. We sang 3 songs linked to famous paintings with great enthusiasm and confidence. Our dance routine was fantastic too! The song that people most enjoyed was Waka, Waka by Shakira. This song brought to life the highlights of the 2010 World Cup. 3I did a brilliant job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reception and KS1 River Workshop

Reception and KS1 were extremely lucky to be visited by Mike from the Canal and River Trust on Monday 21st January. Each class got the chance to have their own interactive session designed to help keep themselves and others safe around rivers and canals. This is especially important to the children in our school due to our proximity to the New River. The children were shown a large poster of a river with lots of dangers on it.  The children had to work in pairs to find the dangers and discuss what the problem was. Mike then showed the children how to use a range of life saving equipment and how to help pull someone out of the water alive. The children were extremely engaged and were asking some very interesting questions that Mike was able to answer for them. The session also showed the children how to call the emergency services for help and how to explain what had happened. The children’s favourite part of the session was the game of tug of war they played in order to help them understand the need to consider their own strength, and the strength that would be needed to pull someone out of the river. The children took away life saving knowledge and most importantly how to help someone but not put themselves in any danger whilst doing so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4A’s Pizza Express Visit

On Wednesday 16th January, 4A visited Pizza Express where each child made their very own margarita pizza by listening and following the chef’s instructions. First, the children spread the dough evenly around then pan and created a crust around the outside. Then, they spread tomato sauce over their base. Finally, the children spread an even layer of cheese over their pizza. While the pizzas were baking, the children evaluated their work and considered potential ways to improve their pizzas. It was a fantastic morning!

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1’s Victorian Day!

Year 1 had such an enjoyable day on Friday 11th January when they stepped back in time into a Victorian School. All the children dressed up in Victorian costumes and explained who they were and what special jobs they had. The children took part in many activities throughout the school day including, handwriting on chalk boards, time tables and drills. They noticed that the classrooms looked very different in the Victorian times because ‘the children sat in rows’ and ‘the teachers were much stricter!’

‘I learnt that the boys sat at the front and the girls sat at the back.’  (Dahen 1P)

‘Our handwriting activity was really fun, I liked doing it with chalk.’  (William, 1P)

‘We had to sit in lines like they did in a Victorian classroom.’ (Sophia 1M)

‘The Victorians got to use a feather quill after lots of handwriting practice’ (Archie 1M)

‘I really enjoyed making our own Victorian objects.’ (Phoebe 1J)

‘I loved dressing up in my Victorian clothes.’ (Florence 1J)

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Card Competition 2018

Congratulations to Khaleel in 1J, who produced a fantastic design to win this year’s Christmas card competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WW2 DAY

Our Year 6 pupils turned the clock back to 1940s wartime Britain when Morse codes were used for battle communication and long before colour TV, mobile phones and the internet!

The hands on WW2 history day provided the children with the opportunity to write emotional diary entry as a D- Day war hero, design and make their own gas masks, create bunting for their VE day party and create salt dough medals for brave and courageous soldiers.

Elizabeth “I really enjoyed learning about the events during D-Day and about the celebrations in Trafalgar square  during we day” 

Our Year 6 pupils turned the clock back to 1940s wartime Britain when Morse codes were used for battle communication and long before colour TV, mobile phones and the internet!

The hands on WW2 history day provided the children with the opportunity to write emotional diary entry as a D- Day war hero, design and make their own gas masks, create bunting for their VE day party and create salt dough medals for brave and courageous soldiers.

Elizabeth “I really enjoyed learning about the events during D-Day and about the celebrations in Trafalgar square during we day” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 Mosque Visit

In the first week of December, Year 5 visited the Mevlana Rumi Mosque in Edmonton. It’s a beautiful red-brick building in Fore Street and we were made to feel very welcome. We were shown the prayer hall with its tulip patterned carpet and were taught about the Mihrab which points in the direction of Mecca. Afterwards, we were talked through the steps of Wudu, the ceremonial washing that prepares Muslims for prayer, and a few lucky children were chosen to climb the Minbar. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Islamic faith and we would like to thank  everybody at the Mosque for their generosity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths Masterclass with Year 5

Over the last half term, some Year 5 children have been attending a Maths masterclass session with a maths specialist teacher after school. They have been challenged with fractions, decimals, percentages, problem solving, reasoning and explaining. The children have thoroughly enjoyed these sessions.

 Kristina said, “The maths was hard but the activities were lots of fun. My Maths has really improved.”  Kassidy commented, “It was brilliant and fun! I can do things I wasn’t able to do!”

On the last session, the children’s parents were invited to see and take part in the lesson. The children showed off their new skills and all the parents were very impressed with what their child could now calculate and work out.  The Maths Masterclass has been a definite success!

Year 3 igospel Concert.

Parents, families, pupils and staff were on their feet at the end of the Year 3 igospel concert! They stood to applaud the amazing performance put on by the Year 3 classes, but also sang and danced along to the uplifting gospel music. The children have been practising for many months and put on a polished performance on Monday 17th December 2018. They performed old favourites, such as Jump and Colours, but also learnt new songs like the World’s Greatest and This Little Light of Mine. The igospel musicians helped all 3 classes gain confidence in their      singing; they learnt the words for all the songs, as well as actions. To the  delight of everybody, some children performed solos! Well done Year 3!

 

 

 

 

 

Boccia Tournament

On Monday 17th December, Highfield took park in a Boccia tournament at Keys Meadows school.  Our team of 5, Arda, Maria, Elias, Luke and Amber displayed their newfound skills at the game which is similar to Bowls.  We played well against Durants and Keys Meadows, winning some games and losing others.  The team showed great focus and they were wonderfully behaved. Well done to Highfield’s Boccia Team!

CENTURY INTELLIGENT LEARNING

Congratulation to Melisa Halil and Martyna Rokowska who have been awarded with a wonderful trophy from CENTURY technology for their outstanding effort in completing the highest number of study sessions in the class! We are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year One’s Church Visit

On Tuesday 11th December, Year One walked to Winchmore Hill Baptist Church. The children were so wonderfully behaved in the church and listened carefully to the minister as he explained the Christmas Story in detail using figurines. The children learnt about how the church welcomes people at Christmas time and were given the opportunity to ask some of their inquisitive questions about the Christmas Story. We were also lucky enough to be shown the baptistery and were explained what it is used for and why people may wish to be baptised. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit which has consolidated our learning in our RE topic, ‘The Nativity Story’ and now we have a better understanding of why Christmas is celebrated by Christians.

Dahen – “I enjoyed lighting the candles at the front of the church.”

Andreas- “The Bible had lots of pages in it, it’s a very important book.”

Lenny – “I liked the big hole – for baptising”

Kaan – “Looking at the Bible was my favourite part; the priest reads from it”

Megi – “I liked seeing what different things were inside the church.”

Jackson – “My favourite part of the Christmas story was when the Three Wise Men gave their gifts to Jesus.”   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2 Fire! Fire!

What a fabulous Great Fire of London History Day Year 2 children had on  Friday 23rd November! The children dressed up in amazing costumes from the era and enjoyed a variety of activities. They created silhouette art of the fire using a variety of materials. The children thoroughly enjoyed participating in a quiz that showed how much they have learned over this half term. They also learned two songs about the Fire of London, London’s Burning which they sang in rounds and The Great Fire of London which they learned the sign language for and greatly enjoyed! The day ended with   Highfield’s very own miniature Fire of London when some children volunteered to burn their Tudor houses.

 

 

 

 

 

Multi Skills in the Nursery

On Thursday, 15th November AM Nursery were very lucky to be able to participate in a multi-skills training session. The children were amazing and they all really enjoyed themselves. We have heard from many parents that their children have been talking about the activities at home. The trial session was so successful that both AM and PM Nursery classes are going to be having multi-skills training every Thursday during the Spring term, which we will all look forward to.

Elizabeth: “We went round the roundabout, running really fast.”

Charlie H: “I went through the cones.”

Laurie: “The coach told people what to do.”

 

 

 

 

 

Highfield do Pyjama Day!

On Friday 16th November Highfield raised money for Children in Need. We raised a magnificent total of £1964.00, which is the highest record yet! Thank you incredibly for your generous donations throughout the week for wristbands and badges, donations to dress up, sponsored spellings as well as our annual magnificent cake morning arranged by the Friends of Highfield. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day in their comfy pyjamas and reflected on the less advantaged lives of other children and young adults in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3 British Museum

On Friday 16th November Year 3 visited the British Museum and had a fantastic time! We have been studying Ancient Egypt this term and had the opportunity to see replica artefacts and photographs that we have been using in the  classroom, come to life. We saw the Rosetta Stone, death masks and enormous statues. We particularly enjoyed studying the mummified animals and sarcophagi. The highlight of the day was seeing Ginger, the mummified body of a man dated 3400 BC. We worked hard too, and went on a symbol hunt, examining wall paintings and sculptures for ankhs, scarabs and various gods. We also identified different animals that Ancient Egyptians used in their artwork. We came home tired but having learnt a great deal more about Ancient Egypt. Robyn – “I got to see lots of things from Ancient Egypt and I really enjoyed the mummies!”

Idling Action!

On Monday 19th November we were so lucky to have Jamie from Green Gumption come to visit our school. He gave an assembly to the KS1 children, telling them all about the effects of air pollution and how they can have a positive effect on this issue. It was fantastic to see so many children already walking, cycling and scooting to school. This helps to  reduce the amount of air pollution outside our school gates and makes for a healthier environment. He also talked about the harmful effects of leaving cars engines running whilst dropping off and collecting at the beginning and end of the school day. Jamie then worked with some fantastic parent volunteers and they went out at the end of the school day to speak to other parents/ carers about this issue. Thank you to all those involved in this exciting event!

 

 

 

 

iGospel

This term, Year 3 have been taking part in iGospel workshops. IGospel is a team of professional singers and musicians who work in many schools to bring gospel music alive. 3L, 3CA and 3I are learning to sing a range of songs, including some that reflect our school’s values of Cooperation, Kindness and Respect. The children are working with David Leval to improve rhythm, tone and pitch and are greatly enjoying the sessions. Some of the children have also had the opportunity to take on solo parts! The children can’t wait to perform to the school at the end of term!

Cross Country Competition

On Friday 28th September Highfield took part in the Enfield Borough Cross country competition in Forty Hall. This was the first time Highfield had entered the event competing against twenty-four other schools. It was a beautiful day and our team consisting of Martyna, Carmen, Laura, Victor, Rayan, Stefan, Michael and Avin ran around the tough 1.2mile course. The whole team achieved an amazing 12th place, with Victor finishing in 3rd place in the boys’ race (out of over 100 boys). Well done Highfield’s cross-country team and a big thank you to Mrs Redondo for her help and expertise.

Year 5 Shakespeare Workshop

This afternoon, we were visited by an actor and educator from the Young Shakespeare Company. Under his direction, we told the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One by one, he introduced us to a complex cast of characters: There were illicit lovers and jealous suitors; a proud fairy king and his haughty fairy queen; a band of simple workmen and a group of mischievous imps. At key turning points, we stopped to discuss their thoughts and feelings, actions and motives. We tested our skills of prediction and inference and learned lines of Shakespearean English. Using our voices, we mimicked the sounds of owls and wolves, and the school hall was transformed into a forest at night. It was an immersive experience and an enchanting introduction to one of Shakespeare’s most famous comic plays. We are all looking forward to watching it performed at the Millfield Theatre.

 

 

 

 

Black History Month at Highfield

During Black History Month, the children have been learning about inspirational black women that have made a difference throughout history with their lasting legacy. Each year group were given key individuals to focus on during this month, as they researched and learnt all about their lives and actions for change. Some of the inspirational women that were covered include; Raven Wilkinson (Ballerina), Lorna Simpson (Photographer), Mahalia Jackson (Gospel singer), Althea Gibson (Tennis champion), Phyllis Wheatley (Poet) and Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician). Across the school there was a wonderful range of activities going on, including film making, creating fact files and appreciating the work of musicians, all celebrating the achievements of these women. Black History Month at Highfield has allowed the children to explore how and why these inspiring black women have changed the world we live in today and how they can help to shape their own futures.